Union Jack India Pale Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheCondor:
4.29/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I recently made a decent sized run to the beer gettin' place, this is the first one for a while. As I sit and drink my beers, I am contemplating going to the American Beer Classic in Chicago. With that being said, my quest to drink the Beers of Fame continues....
Appearance - Pours a transparent, golden orange color with minimal head, which negates head retention. Very little lacing. Kind of surprised that, even with the aggressive pour I gave it, the head came out pretty flat. That is the biggest reason why it gets a 4 in presentation. Love the packaging though.
Smell - Whoa floral and citrusy aromas. Big pine, grapefruit, and citrus notes could be detected even during the pour, probably the best part of the beer. A slight malty hint could be detected as well, nothing major. Certainly smells like an IPA.
Taste - A tasty concoction indeed. The hops are the primary palate stimulation, coming on strong in the middle and finish of the drink. There is a sweetness to the drink as well, likely from the malt balance. Pretty well balanced brew, good level of hops and bitterness for me.
Mouthfeel - Finishes with a bittersweet pop, much as I expected. Leaves that bitter taste on the palate for a little while after the drink. Smooth and drinkable.
Overall - This is a great beer, no doubt, but not the best Firestone Walker has to offer. For that, I would recommend their Walker's Reserve porter, which I found to be fantastic. I love Paso Robles, the brewery is in a great spot. I would highly recommend this brew, even to those who aren't the biggest hop-heads like myself.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2013 01:00:12 | More by TheCondor
More User Reviews:
4.06/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drank right out of the bottle while camping, so I'm giving it a 4 for appearance to be nice.
Smelled really nice, dank hoppiness and sweetness from malts.
Tastes really nice as well. Just a touch more hops than malt in this very balanced IPA.
Mouthfeel felt a bit thin for me.
Overall, a very tasty, very drinkable IPA, wish I could get it regularly in Vermont.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 17:34:39 | More by BoldRulerVT
Union Jack India Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,665 ratings.